Also known as: dislocation reduction, shoulder dislocation reduction.

What is reduction?

Reduction is a medical procedure that is performed to repair a dislocated joint, most commonly the shoulder. Unlike surgical techniques, reduction involves manually manipulating the dislocating bone back into its socket to correct the dislocation.

What happens during the treatment?

A wide variety of different reduction techniques exist. Some of them require anesthesia beforehand, while others are performed with the patient fully awake. Regardless of the technique used, the procedure involves the health care provider manually manipulating the angle and position of the dislocated bone to bring it into the correct position. Often, pressure needs to be applied in order to fully set the bones back into its joint socket.

Is any special preparation needed?

Reduction procedures are generally considered safe and low-risk, although some elderly patients may need to avoid them if they have reduced bone strength or osteoporosis. This increases the risk of fractures during the procedure.

What are the risk factors?

Fractures are other damage to the joint are potential risks of the reduction procedure. Some pain and soreness is also to be expected after the procedure, and rehabilitation may be necessary to help the patient gain strength and function in the damaged joint.

Reviewed by: Avi C. Baitner, MD

This page was last updated on: March 30, 2021 02:30 PM

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